Facial Paralysis, Bell's Palsy information
The Facial Paralysis Institute is the premier center for facial nerve disorders including facial paralysis, Bell's palsy, hemifacial spasm, acoustic neuroma and parotid tumors. The Institue is comprised of world-renowned experts from various specialties that are singularly focused on facial nerve disorders - including facial plastic surgeons, neuro-otologists, physical therapists, head and neck surgeons, radiologists, neurosurgeons and psychologists.
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, the Director of The Facial Paralysis Institute, is a Reconstructive Surgeon who is deeply committed to the facial paralysis treatment for individuals with facial paralysis and Bells palsy.
Facial paralysis and Bell's Palsy are devastating disorders that can significantly impact an individuals quality of life and appearance. Bell’s palsy is a type of facial paralysis that occurs following damage or trauma to the facial nerve on each side of the face. It is the most common cause of facial paralysis that results from inflammation or swelling of the facial nerve. It is not caused by stroke and it can occur on one or rarely, on both sides of the face.
The facial nerve is responsible for sending signals to the muscles of the face that control blinking, frowning and smiling. Additionally, this nerve carries signals that regulate the production of tears, saliva and the sensation of taste. Facial paralysis caused by Bell’s palsy is usually temporary.
Treatment of Bell's Palsy
In some cases there is no facial paralysis treatment needed as it resolves spontaneously in a few weeks. If the source of the inflammation of the facial nerve is known as in cases of infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. In others a steroid such as prednisone is used to decrease swelling and inflammation. Since Bell’s palsy can affect the tearing reflex of the eye, care must be taken to protect the eye from damage. Physical therapy may help to stimulate the facial nerve and help to maintain facial muscle tone.
Facial paralysis is a complex condition. This is the reason that we believe a multi-specialty approach is required to address your needs with physicians and therapists who have extensive experience in facial nerve disorders. The Institute has some of the highest success rates in the nation for the treatment of Bells Palsy and facial paralysis.Highly respected by peers and patients alike, The Facial Paralysis Institute is the premier facility in the nation for facial paralysis treatment and facial nerve surgery. Feel free to ask a question or call anytime, we will be glad to help.Read the latest report on "Facial Nerve Palsy" by Babak Azizzadeh and Ribhi Hazina of the Facial Paralysis Institute, and M. Tariq Bhattic.Curious about what you will look like after your procedure? Check out the new 3D modelling system in Dr. Azizzadeh's office. This sytem is making new roads in facial reconstruction/paralysis procedures. Click here to view more on the 3D modelling system for facial paralysis and Bell's Palsy.
About Dr. Azizzadeh
It is difficult to find a more qualified and dedicated facial paralysis plastic surgeon than Dr. Babak Azizzadeh. As founder and director of the Facial and Paralysis Institute, he is dedicated to providing relief to those dealing with facial paralysis, particularly Bell’s palsy as well as conditions such as cleft lip and palate. His reputation for performing difficult facial nerve surgery brings him patients from all over the world.
His academic accomplishments alone single him out as among the leading facial plastic surgeons in America. He graduated at the top of his class from the David Geffen School of Medicine and went on to complete a 6 year surgical residency at UCLA Health Sciences Center. He then went on to distinguish himself while completing a fellowship at Harvard Medical School focusing on facial reanimation and Bell’s palsy.
Whether his patients are Beverly Hills A-listers, or under-served children in Central America, he applies his vast knowledge and experience to better their lives and restore quality of life. One of his most famous patients, Mary Jo Buttafuco, regained facial balance and most importantly, her ability to smile due to Dr. Azizzadeh’s specialized knowledge in facial nerve surgery.
In the media
Dr. Azizzadeh is often sought out by media personalities to illustrate or explain medical issues concerning facial paralysis. His ability to communicate complex medical conditions to a general audience has resulted in appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Doctors and Discovery Health.
Giving back to the world community
He frequently travels to underserved areas of Central and South America to help children with cleft lip, cleft palate and facial paralysis. He is a member of the Global Smile Foundation, Operation for Hope and Medical Missions for Children. As part of the R.O.S.E. Fund, a non-profit organization committed to helping victims of domestic abuse, he provides access to reconstructive procedures that restore self esteem.
He wrote the book on facial nerve
Dr. Azizzadeh co-authored The Facial Nerve, a textbook that is used by facial paralysis surgeons around the world. With dozens of publications to his credit and hundreds of lectures given to his peers he is acknowledged as a leading authority in facial paralysis, Bells palsy and facial nerve surgery.
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BABAK AZIZZADEH, MD FACS
Director, The Facial Paralysis Institute - Associate Clinical Professor - Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
FACIAL NERVE TEXTBOOK
Dr. Azizzadeh’s facial nerve textbook is the preeminent textbook for doctors on the subject.